Thank you! Cast, Crew & Team for all your hard work bringing Not In My Town to life! Also thanks to our wonderful patrons and ticket buyers who rose to your feet for four standing ovations! Because of your hard work and support, Opera Fusion premiered this hopeful and inspiring musical drama based on the true life story of Matthew Shepard with four performances at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Florida Atlantic University. Set in Laramie, Wyoming, Not In My Town, centers on the relationships and tireless work of his friend, the heroic Romaine Patterson. This fully realized stage production was written and composed by Michael Ross, designed and directed by Ardean Landhuis and conducted by Gordon Roberts with the Opera Fusion Orchestra.
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‘Not In My Town‘ is a riveting and evocative musical drama, written by composer Michael Ross, based on the events surrounding the death of Matthew Shepard.
Matthew was young gay man who was bullied, beaten and left to die. His friends and his community worked to make a better world, by standing up to bigotry and campaigning for passage of the national Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
In addition, this musical work sends a powerful message of anti-hate and tolerance. ‘Not In My Town’ is a moving and compelling story and with beautiful melodies, and while it is rooted in Matthew’s senseless tragic death, it’s most noteworthy that the message is ultimately one of acceptance and love.
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